A LIFE-SAVING volunteer group is celebrating after taking delivery of its new off-road rescue vehicle.
The Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade (SVLB) bought the 4x4 the after it was awarded £20,000 in the Echo’s Do a Lotto Good campaign.
The group, based in Roker, was one of 14 charities and community projects to win a share of £250,000, handed out as part of the drive.
Last year, we joined forces with the Big Lottery Fund to offer grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 to not-for-profit organisations, parish and town councils, health bodies and schools, with readers asked to vote on a shortlist.
Rose Roberts, secretary of the SVLB, said: “The vehicle will make a huge difference and support the work that we do.”
The group was handed the cash to replace its former rescue vehicle, which was five years old.
Used to carry volunteers to incidents and transport casualties from inaccessible areas, it has been kitted out with blue lights, two-tone horns, radio, shelving to stow equipment and graphics.
“It is actually classified as an ambulance because we do First Aid and transfer casualties,” said Rose.
“It has been fitted with blue lights and satisfies all the official standards.
It will be used on our search and rescue operations along the coast, help us to reach locations quickly and effectively, as well as help rescue casualties in very challenging conditions.”
Rose also thanked the Big Lottery Fund for the award and said it would ensure that the group had a reliable vehicle to respond to emergencies for many years to come. We can’t thank the Big Lottery Fund enough for the funding,” she said. “Their support is amazing.”